Philip’s hard work pays off as he embarks on a career in accounting

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Chester chartered accountancy firm Ellis & Co has recognised the success of a student who has hit all the right numbers to achieve the highest marks on his Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Chester.


Philip Edwards, 21, from Tranmere, Wirral, has studied the three year degree course at the University’s Business School in Queen’s Park, Chester, and is the highest performing student out of a class of 65.

He was thrilled to be awarded with a cheque in recognition of his achievement by Robert Ellis, Principal of Ellis & Co, which has worked closely with the University and recently employed one of its graduates.

The popular degree course is proving a hit, as it moves up to rank 14th out of 110 in the Guardian League table and scoring highly with its students who are ‘highly satisfied’ with the course.

Philip, who is applying to the top four accounting firms, said: “Any recognition is good and it is great to see all the revision paying off. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the November graduation ceremony.”

He also rates the growing course and its great teaching staff “who make it easy to understand” as well as the new Campus, where he has been for the final year of his studies.

Philip is aiming to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ACA (Association of Consulting Actuaries) and because the course carries exemptions from awarding bodies, (the highest number possible for a University), Philip will only need to complete eight instead of 15 exams to become a fully chartered accountant.

Robert Ellis said: “Ellis & Co is delighted to support this award and it is heartening to see such thriving graduates coming through. I wish Philip every success.”

Helen Clayfield, Programme Leader in Accountancy and Finance at the University, said: “Philip was an excellent student. He showed drive and commitment throughout his time on the Accounting and Finance programme and thoroughly deserves the award he received. I wish him every success in his accountancy career.”

Caption: Philip receives his prize from Robert Ellis at the University’s Queen’s Park Campus.

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